2012 Bentley Mulsanne vs. Its Competition

2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The only real competitor to the hyper-luxurious Mulsanne is the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The Mulsanne's more fluid, modern design will appeal to some where the more staid, classical design of the Phantom will find favor with others.

Both are exquisitely luxurious, but the Mulsanne is by far the more powerful of the two, despite the Phantom's V-12 engine. It's hard to recommend either over the other, however, as both are excellent vehicles, well-designed and well-made.

They simply appeal to different types of people--a matter of personal preference.

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MSRP From     
$290,000$30,170$36,725$49,800$46,900$34,755
Gas Mileage     
11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas V8Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsize CarsCompactSubcompact CarsMid-SizeMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan2-Door Coupe E350 RWD4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
4-Door SedanSedanSedanCoupe4dr SedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable Ratio